Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and I haven’t even started thinking about what to make. That’s not a big deal, though, because I usually end up making the same things. Turkey, baked corn, green bean bundles, Stove Top Stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Pretty standard Thanksgiving food.
Do you have a regular menu or do you make something new every year? I find it hard to deviate from the delicious menu I know and love…. but trying new things can be awesome. This year I think I’m going to make homemade stuffing. I’m VERY picky and have never had homemade stuffing that I’ve liked more than Stove Top. Ha.
I forgot to mention dessert, didn’t I? That’s the most important part of the meal, right? Thanksgiving desserts were pretty standard for me growing up. My grandmother and aunts would make pies – apple and pumpkin, usually. I’m always looking for a reason to make a good cheesecake, though. Cheesecake is my favorite. A few years ago, I found a recipe for a white chocolate cranberry cheesecake (totally cannot remember the site… it’s been at least 3-4 years). It seemed perfect. White chocolate is delicious, and cranberries are a very holiday-ish food, right? In my mind it seemed like a perfect Thanksgiving dessert. So, I made it.
…..and I’ve made it every year since.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake
1 Sleeve Graham Crackers, Crushed
1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
3 8oz Packages Cream Cheese, Softened
3/4 Cups Sugar
3 Large Eggs
4oz Baker’s White Chocolate
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1 tsp Orange Zest
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter together and push into the bottom or a 9inch spring form pan.
Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure they’re well incorporated between each egg.
Melt the white chocolate.
Add the chocolate, cranberries, and orange zest to batter and pour over crust.
Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the center is just set.
Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
I usually top mine with some homemade vanilla whipped cream. It’s perfect with this cheesecake.